wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz handbottle bonus from deftim (via hoppymeal). Thanks Tim! Black. Low carbonation. Some toasted coconut in the aroma. Leans dry. Pretty hoppy and bitter, probably amplified by the dryness. Decent, but I prefer sweeter RISs.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz handbottle from Wetherel from deftim from hoppymeal to us. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is molasses and syrupy sweet malts. Taste is smokey rich and sticky with chocolate and coffee notes.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from mibirder - thanks, Sean! The pour was thick and chocolatey, with not much carbonation. This certainly didn’t detract, though, from the lovely smooth body of the beer, a fine sipper for a cold night. There were pleasant notes of chocolate and molasses in the nose. The flavor was even more complex, with a hint of peat, smoke, and dried dark fruits to complement the nicely chalky finish. A very well-done stout that deserves more attention.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from mibirder. Nice. Very nice. Low carbonation. Mild alcohol finish. Smooth chocolate body. Good, but not overdone.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(12 oz non-labeled bottle from mibirder)uber oily black with not much head.the aroma is a nice mix of dark fruits,roasted malts,smoke,coffee,chocolate,and a slight hop finish.flavor is much of the same with the chocolate and coffee shining through a bit more.complex yet smooth,with a long lasting finish.this is seriously awesome.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of a trade from a while ago. Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; thin light-tan head with fine-bubbled, cascading lacing. Basic RIS aroma: lots of roasted / charred malts, nougats, and dark chocolate in the aroma; slight amounts of alcoholic warmth on the perimeter. Full mouthfeel: solid amounts of dark chocolate, roasted and charred malts, licorice, and oily presence upfront; the oily character most definitely adds to the appeal, but I can’t imagine drinking a much of this; roasted and charred, and lacking a bit of necessary bitterness to add to the overall drinkability; solid impy stout overall, but quite run-of-the-mill in its flavor profile. Lengthy finish: lots of roasted / charred malts, licorice, and bitter chocolate; reasonably dry.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an opaque black into the glass. Aroma was chocolate, coffee, and vanilla cream. Taste was much the same, quite creamy and sweet, hides the abv fairly well. My main complaint is that it felt a little thin and wasn’t super complex. Tasted good though.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow! This one will certainly kick you if you aren’t looking! Deep dark pour with almost a syrup consistancy. The high alcohol is noticable, but does not distract from the overall coffee and chocolate undertones. It has a strong bitterness that is really pleasant.
lb4lb (2214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously given as an extra by hoppymeal. Thanks!!
Pours a nice black color with a medium lived nice tan head. Smell is creamy chocolate, smooth graham cracker and cocoa and fudge. Very nice nose. Taste is nice and chocolatey with a light pleasant bitterness. Roasty malt and chocolate with no coffee or fruity notes. Not over the top flavor, but its enough, and is well done. Very nice and smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. I get no dark fruit flavor out of this, which I like. For 12% it is quite well hidden. Very well made and enjoyable beer.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Goodbar Beer Club. Nose is cocoa & roasty malt, cherries. Flavor is rich malt, tons of dark fruit,a but burnt but not overly so. Cherries, fruits alcohol, rich awesome.